How to Make Perfectly Cooked Quinoa

Sound the alarm!  I'm finally sharing my not-so-secret-anymore trick for how to make perfectly cooked quinoa.  It is easy and quick (which are my two favorite things when it comes to cooking methods these days).  No more soggy quinoa, crunchy undercooked quinoa or burnt quinoa for you!  This "trick" is magical.  I never do it

14 Healthy Vegan, Gluten-Free and Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

I literally cannot believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  I love slowing down, spending time with family and taking a moment to appreciate life and your loved ones. Growing up, I spent all Thanksgiving day with my family cooking together in the kitchen.  We

Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

When root vegetables are roasted they have a naturally interesting flavor that can be described as earthy, nutty, anise-like or even buttery.  They are often underused which is why serving them is always impressive.  People go crazy when they see all the beautiful colors come together.  I simply roasted the vegetables in heart-healthy olive oil

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

'Tis the season for Butternut Squash Soup!  This ultra-simple recipe doesn’t require that you peel or chop the butternut squash (which can be very difficult).  In fact, it only takes minutes to prep.  This oh-so-comforting soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner

Pumpkin Risotto

This creamy and luxurious risotto recipe gets a nutrition boost from pumpkin.  Most risottos are full of butter and loads of cheese.  This vegan version is lightened up so you can feel good about eating comfort food.     This elegant recipe is a total crowd pleaser every time.  And, this is yet another way

Simple Summer Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

When I dream about the perfect salad (and, yes, sometimes I do that), I think about peppery arugula topped with fresh fruits, candied nuts or seeds and the perfect creamy dressing to bring it all together.  This is that salad plus it contains quinoa for added protein.  This salad is light and just screams summertime.  I

The BIG Vegan Greek Salad

Sometimes, like Elaine on Seinfeld, I crave the BIG salad. I want lots of crunchy greens but also something that will satisfy me and not make me feel like a bunny eating carrots and romaine.  Elaine Benes was on to something.  This episode basically invented The Big Salad in my book. Well, this Greek salad

Creamy Broccoli & Zucchini Pasta Salad (vegan + gluten-free)

Cold pasta dishes are perfect for summertime al fresco dining.  This one is super creamy but mayo-free, dairy-free and nut-free.  I used tahini as the base for a slightly sweet and garlicky dressing.  Fresh basil and spring onions make this dish really pop in terms of flavor.  It is loaded with fresh veggies: broccoli, zucchini and

Southwestern Jicama Slaw with Lime-Agave Creamy Tahini Dressing

Summertime means warm weather, fresh produce, potlucks with friends and family and of course outside dining.  This mayo-free slaw is perfect for enjoying poolside or at an outdoor BBQ or picnic.  It features jicama, a vegetable that is crisp, crunchy and basically flavorless... until you add amazing Southwestern flavors.  Think fresh lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic

Easy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Agave-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Everyone has a weakness and mine is sweet potato fries.  Always has been!  I could eat a pound of them and still want more.  They are so sweet and spicy and my favorite part is drenching them in honey mustard dipping sauce.  Major YUM factor. And as I inhale them I always tell myself how healthy

Vegan & Gluten-Free Sweet Potato, Zucchini & Potato Latkes (Baked)

These vegan and gluten free latkes will make your healthy Hanukkah dreams come true!  Even though they are baked instead of fried, they still get crispy.  I promise.  To keep things light and vegan, skip the sour cream and serve them with creamy hummus or unsweetened apple sauce for a healthful snack any time of

Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Maple-Lemon Tahini Dressing

Have you ever been asked to bring salad to dinner but want to do more than just lettuce, carrots, tomato and balsamic dressing?  This is the salad to end all salads and wow your friends and family. It is really more than a salad.  Satisfying?  Yes.  Layers of texture? Yes.  Colorful, sweet, flavorful and festive?  Oh,

Pecan-Cranberry Quinoa with Garlic-Maple Dressing

As everyone knows, quinoa is my go-to food.  It is so easy to prepare and offers such amazing health benefits.  It is loaded with fiber (one serving has over 5 grams) and is considered a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids which makes it a great source of plant-based protein for vegans.  In

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